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NHS is being sold off

Daily Echo: Hospital patients face no additional risks at weekends says surgeon Tim Underwood

4:19pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

LABOUR and the present government have issued £13 billion in private contracts such as Burger King, cleaning, security, cancer care, the list is endless, for the NHS.

Money must be earned

Daily Echo: ECONOMIC POWERHOUSE: Chancellor George Osborne makes a keynote speech at the Science and Industry in Manchester today

4:56pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

IT is obviously, good news that the number of people out of work, has continued to fall under the present coalition Government.

Vital security checks

Daily Echo: Rowenna Davis

4:54pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

I SEE Rowenna Davis has contributed to your “In My View” (Letters, August 8). She speaks a good deal of sense concerning changes to the law regard private hire vehicle drivers.

Toothbus raised a smile

Daily Echo:

4:52pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

THE “Toothbus” by the Bargate Southampton is a valuable resource and more people should use it.

Pothole victory was due to the efforts of local residents

Daily Echo: 30,000 potholes fixed since winter

4:23pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

WE have come to expect unenthusiastic comments from D R Smith towards myself and Cllr Keith Morrell and that’s all fine and dandy to a degree, but his recent letter (“Not deep enough” potholes a nuisance, Daily Echo, August 16) seems sadly to becoming more spiteful and even quite nasty claiming we are “surreptitious”.

It is 60 years since our troops vacated Trieste

Daily Echo: Scuttled ships in Trieste Bay in the Adriatic, March 1944

4:27pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

 IN this year when so many people are remembering the start of The First WorldWar and the anniversary of the Normandy invasion, may I remind folks of another anniversary?

Scottish pound?

Daily Echo:

4:16pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

THERE is much debate about what currency Scotland will have should independence be voted for in the referendum next month.

Planning questions

Daily Echo:

4:13pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

READING “Retirement Plans Thrown Out” (Daily Echo, August 15), the reasons cited made me wonder how the plans for the demolished Chapel were allowed to be replaced by a Holy Institute (mosque).

Happy in the Forest

Daily Echo: New Forest at your finger tips: how a new app is helping visitors make the most of the national park

4:11pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A NEW Forest Pony or a Hamble Airfield Horse? If I was a horse, I think I know what I’d rather be! A New Forest pony every time.

Being local is not important

Daily Echo: Tory opposition leader Royston Smith

5:47pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

I HAVE just received Royston Smith’s latest election flyer, the only thing of note it contains is the fact he is a “local boy”.

It’s not fair on the horses

Daily Echo: Investigation into horses being dumped at Hamble Airfield

5:45pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

I APPRECIATE some of the suggestions in Ms MacGillivray’s letter entitled: ‘Horses are not necessarily suffering’ (Daily Echo, August 15).

Well done to our gold standard students

Daily Echo: Pictures from Hampshire schools and colleges as students pick up their A Level results.

5:45pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

ON behalf of Hampshire County Council, I would like to congratulate all post-16 students in Hampshire on their success. Provisional results suggest that we can celebrate another excellent year for post-16 outcomes across the county, with an improvement in both A-level and vocational results.

Where are the buses we need in our area?

Daily Echo: LIFELINE: Many pensioners depend on their local bus services.

5:43pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

WITH reference to the article in Friday’s Daily Echo concerning “More buses thanks to £2.7m boost”, most areas of Southampton especially Millbrook, Shirley and Thornhill already have more than enough buses.

Cuts already happening

Daily Echo:

5:42pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

JOE Lockyer stated (Letters, August 15) “If the council does nothing and the debts get bigger, eventually Eric Pickles will step in and impose draconian cuts to our services”.

We should be expanding, not shrinking

Daily Echo: REACHING OUT: Alex Salmond offers Scotland a choice

5:38pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

SHOULD the people of Scotland decide to vote for independence, next month, what happens if Alex Salmond and his SNP then lose their majority at the General Election in 2015?

Cluttered footpaths causing problems for me

Daily Echo: A cyclist wearing a helmet in an urban environment

5:36pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

THREE items in Saturday’s Daily Echo, seem to me to be interlinked.

Referendums let people give their opinion

Daily Echo: Royston Smith

4:45pm Monday 18th August 2014

RECENTLY I announced that if I were to be elected to represent the Southampton Itchen Constituency in Parliament I would hold referendums on significant issues prior to voting in parliamentary debates.

Let’s leave now before we become ‘Greater Europe’

Daily Echo: FLYING THE FLAG: An in or out referendum on Britain’s continued membership of the European Union is likely in the next parliament

4:41pm Monday 18th August 2014

I CERTAINLY feel that Ralph Prothero (Letters, August 11) should take off his rose-tinted glasses and have a good look around at the world (including the UK) and digest what is happening all around us today.

Can anyone help me in my search for ex-neighbour?

Daily Echo: Southern Daily Echo

4:39pm Monday 18th August 2014

Re: Mrs. Jane McDougal of 50 Orchards Way, Highfield, Southampton, SO17 1RE until 2001.

Picture of elephant shows what’s wrong with captivity

Daily Echo: BABY BOY: West Midland Safari Park's baby elephant has been named Sutton.

4:38pm Monday 18th August 2014

THREE photographs in the national press of a baby elephant trying to get into a child’s paddling pool, with his sad mother looking on at a safari park, encapsulates all that is wrong for captive zoo wildlife – and circuses are even worse.

Refusing plan just because it’s Labour

Daily Echo: Tenants protest outside Sturminster House in Maybush

4:28pm Monday 18th August 2014

FEEL compelled to respond to the ‘In my View’ by Millbrook Conservative councillor Galton, where he tries to defend not supporting improvements to Sturminster House in Millbrook.

Councillor proposal is one of the most insane suggestions

Daily Echo: Aerial shot of Dibden Bay

4:27pm Monday 18th August 2014

THE incongruity of R Grant’s suggestion (Letters, August 9) that Councillor David Harrison should stand for John Denham’s seat in 2015 shows that politically he has completely lost the plot.

State of roads is the worst I have seen it

Daily Echo: Gastons Lane's largest pothole (7970813)

4:54pm Saturday 16th August 2014

IF I was to confess to the police that 8/10 of my cycling time (which is approximately an hour daily) is spent looking down at the road surface, they would tell me to concentrate more on the traffic.

Thanks for pothole notice

Daily Echo: Pot holes are a source of much anger with motorists

4:51pm Saturday 16th August 2014

You kindly published my letter on August 12 when I was complaining of potholes near my home.

‘Not deep enough’ potholes a nuisance

Daily Echo:

4:50pm Saturday 16th August 2014

WHEN is a pothole not a pothole?

Split election wards into four and let’s change currency

Daily Echo:

4:49pm Saturday 16th August 2014

NOW that Southampton has been listed as a city for 50 years, mainly on the fact of expansiveness, the election wards need breaking into four, i.e. north, south, east and west, giving two more Members of Parliament to look after matters.

Horses are not necessarily suffering

Daily Echo: Investigation into horses being dumped at Hamble Airfield

5:09pm Friday 15th August 2014

REGARDING the tethered horses featured on Soapbox on August 6 – gypsy horses are well bred to survive harsh conditions, they are often “good doers” and will nibble the grass quite short, their mouths and teeth have evolved to do this.

Labour did more for poor than current Conservative elite

Daily Echo: Prime Minister David Cameron and Chancellor George Osborne visit the Royal Marines base in Poole on Friday August 1, 2014

5:05pm Friday 15th August 2014

I GET exasperated when I think how unresponsive the Conservatives are to the needs of ordinary people.

What a difference community service makes

Daily Echo: Trial for man accused of assaulting police officers

4:59pm Friday 15th August 2014

I FEEL it is necessary to put a word in for the men and women who are by court order having to carry out community payback.

Middle East news brings me back to 1945

Daily Echo:

4:58pm Friday 15th August 2014

THE news of late from the Middle East, with the terrible deaths of hundreds of people, brings my thoughts back many years to about 1945.

If a Scottish pound, what’s it worth?

Daily Echo:

4:49pm Friday 15th August 2014

In view of the oft repeated words of Alec Salmond that he intends to keep the pound is he referring to the British pound, to which all the parties at Westminster have categorically refused to accept, or, is he relying on the Scottish pound as his pound?

Referendums are already a part of life in our city

Daily Echo: Disaster banner ballot box.jpg for the homepage

4:41pm Friday 15th August 2014

HATS off to Royston Smith, Conservative candidate for Itchen at the general election, for promoting local referendums on important issues of public policy (report, August 12).

We don’t want to mirror Liverpool of the 1980s

Daily Echo: Keith Morrell

4:40pm Friday 15th August 2014

KEITH Morrell recently wrote a piece saying that there should be no cuts to services in Southampton.

Royal Mail profits

Daily Echo: A Royal Mail post box

4:39pm Friday 15th August 2014

ROYAL MAIL has announced plans to abolish later collections of post from its post boxes.

Drug culture is a worrying menace

Daily Echo:

4:36pm Friday 15th August 2014

IT’S very sad to hear of the death of celebrities like Robin Williams that when they arrive at the peak of their careers – talented, wealthy with a loving family, it all ends in a tragic end by their own hands.

Baby grave vandals are worst of society

Daily Echo:

6:18pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

PLEASE, through your newspaper, can we send our thoughts and condolences to Ms Kelly Parker (Wednesday, August 6).

We should go back to using our 'old sterling' currency

Daily Echo: Community groups urged to apply for cash help

6:16pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

FOLLOWING all the funds which are paid out to Members of Parliament, from any political party who think they know the answers to everything.

So which council will take charge of airport road?

Daily Echo:

6:12pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

SO Eastleigh (Southampton) Airport is to be sold.

EU route to ‘New World Order’

Daily Echo: The '666' and 'Illuminati' marking at Otley's Wharfemeadows Park

6:10pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

IN REPLY to letters from D R Smith and R Prothero with reference to the Eurosceptics.

Players should take pride in their club

Daily Echo: Ralph Krueger and Katharina Liebherr at St Mary’s this week

6:08pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

IS IT my imagination or are a lot of Saints fans suffering from amnesia?

Leadership challenge?

Daily Echo: Boris Johnson urging Londoners to work together for a prosperous new year

6:07pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

TORY Boris Johnson has just announced that he intends to stand as a candidate in next year’s General Election.

We need to learn lessons from misery of world war

Daily Echo: Centenary of World War 1

6:21pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

AS a man of 70 years old, I feel a little despondent that the world is in no better shape than it was 100 years ago.

I prefer someone who takes action...

Daily Echo: BREAKING: Tories retain control of Hillingdon despite losing five seats to Labour

6:05pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

PETER Baillie recently wrote regarding the importance of being local when it comes to elections. He states he has two main problems.

We should follow these fine-dodgers

Daily Echo: No speed camera for Kirby Drive, Telscombe Cliffs

6:04pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

THE way that owners of temporary imported foreign-registered cars can ignore fines for parking and speed cameras has reached epic proportions.

Is there an agenda behind footpath’s exit being shut?

Daily Echo: Southampton Docks, left, and Dibden Bay, right

5:27pm Tuesday 12th August 2014

FOR more than 30 years I have walked the public footpath from Veals Lane, Marchwood, to Hythe.

Apparently it only matters how local you are

Daily Echo: Euro Elections - Conservative manifesto

5:26pm Tuesday 12th August 2014

THE hypocrisy of the Tories, like the love of God, passeth all understanding.

Quizzing candidate left me feeling hopeful

Daily Echo: File photo dated 01/10/13 of  the Mayor of London Boris Johnson who set out his stall as a political heir to Margaret Thatcher in a speech suggesting their approach would be "one and the same" as the ex-Tory leader. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issu

5:24pm Tuesday 12th August 2014

SO, the Conservative supporters say the General Election candidate must be locally born and bred.

Representing Wales in the Union flag

Daily Echo: The Union flag

5:05pm Tuesday 12th August 2014

A SHORT while ago John Moran speculated as to what would happen to the Union Flag, should Scotland decide to leave the United Kingdom.

Did Persimmon give permission?

Daily Echo: Investigation into horses being dumped at Hamble Airfield

5:01pm Tuesday 12th August 2014

I HAVE read the recent Daily Echo article “Fresh concerns over horses’ welfare’ as well as the letters and comments online.

Green policies are just hiking petrol cost for consumers

Daily Echo: Nissan Leaf: Refuelling means attaching a plug-in charger rather than paying a visit to the petrol station (7410448)

4:16pm Tuesday 12th August 2014

AS THE media has reported Ed Davey’s move to make those people/companies responsible for manipulating market power prices to be named, shamed and maybe even prosecuted, does make one wonder if he should be the first person to have ‘his collar felt’ due to the green policies he continues to push and thereby increase the disproportionate consumer costs for fuel.

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